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NYSC Member Killed By Suspected Cultist.

Yesterday a National Youth Service Corps, member, was shot dead in Delta

Toriseju Lodge was shot dead at Oghara in Delta State by a suspected cultist in front of his apartment.

He was serving in Imo State and was said to have returned to his rented apartment in Oghara, for the Easter celebrations with his friends.

It appeared to be a normal robbery as reports claimed that the gunman who was said to be wearing a mask, sighted Toriseju checking his phone in the open, shot him twice and robbed him of his belongings before leaving.

The body has been taken to the morgue but we would like to call the attention of various involved authorities to bring justice to him.

NYSC loses Another Corps Member.

A Corper serving in Akwa Ibom has been confirmed dead by yesterday, Thursday 23rd March, 2017.

Abraham collapsed during a football match with some of his colleagues at Abak zone, Uyo and was rushed to the hospital.

This information was shared by an active NYSC Social Media page yesterday:“Akwaibom state lost a Corps member from Abak Zone yesterday; he collapsed 10 minutes into a football match.

“We rushed him to the nearest private hospital where they did not attend to us for hours.

“We later took him to specialist hospital, Uyo where we lost him.”

We send our Condolences to the family and pay his soul rests in peace.

NYSC Addresses Issue Of Detained Zamfara Corper

In an Official statement, the Management of NYSC has released an official statement concerning the arrest of a Corper in Zamfara.

“The attention of the management of NYSC has been to stories making the rounds about the beating of a Corps member, Esi Uwakwe, serving in Kaura Namoda, Zamfara State, by the police purportedly at the instance of an influential indigene of the area.

Management wishes to inform the public that findings of investigation launched by the Scheme show that the facts of the case were grossly exaggerated, especially in the social media.

Our findings showed that the Corps member, who is serving in a school, went beyond his responsibility of teaching and adoption of acceptable approaches to discipline by causing knee injuries to one of his students whom he instructed to crawl on his knees.

The angered father of the student took the matter to the police and in the course of handling the case, an overzealous officer slapped the Corps member.

Our position on the matter is that both the Corps member and the policeman were wrong in their approaches.

However, we are pleased to note the step taken by the Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, who invited all parties to his office for amicable resolution of the case.

The overzealous policeman has since apologized for slapping the Corps member and the matter has been put to rest.

Management wishes to stress that the picture of a man with cuts on his back, which is being circulated online, is not that of Corps member Uwakwe, but merely posted with intent to cause mischief and further mislead the public.

While we sympathize with both the injured student and the Corps member, whose inexperience might have resulted in his excesses in his approach to discipline, we wish to restate that the publicity the case generated would have been normal if not for the exaggeration.

Management remains committed to safety and dignity of Corps members, but wishes to advise those on teaching assignment to always exercise caution in handling disciplinary cases and to, especially, refer serious cases to their school supervisors to be on the safe side.”

Also read:Corpers Protest Over Maltreatment Of Colleague In Zamfara.

Corpers Protest Over Maltreatment Of Colleague In Zamfara.

This morning, Zamfara corpers marched to Kaura Namoda town of the state to protest over the detention of a Corps member by the police on the orders of a rich man because he punished his ward.

Michael is serving at Nasara Standard Academy in Kauwas was brutalized, manhandled and reduced to nothingness, according to reports.

Michael was said to have punished a student who happens to be a rich man’s ward by simply asking him to go on his knees.

Angered by the action of Michael, the rich man ordered policemen to arrest the Corper after he physically abused him.

See Video of the protest: https://youtu.be/cBt0L3eHxKg

Camp stories: How Over 60 Girls Descended On One.

Soooooo……

I was posted to Nasarawa. Note the term ‘was’ because I recently redeployed(thankfully😁). This is the story of how the whole hostel ganged up and almost beat one girl like that😏.

Anybody in Batch B Stream I in Nasarawa State would know of Hostel A. The most notorious female hostel in camp. Known for using the bush behind their hostel as toilets, dirtiest and the noisiest hostel. Unfortunately I was put there😫.

So this fateful day, we were coming back to the hostel from evening parade where the soldiers had made us squat severally and stand for hours.

Now lemme help u analyze the situation. Firstly, some girls from my hostel were caught and made to pack the poo in the bush outside the hostel. Now some of these girls were innocent o but because they belonged to hostel A, they couldn’t escape 😕 (I was an OBS member so I was practically absent most times😁) Secondly, we had come from parade ground all sweaty and in pain. Thirdly, we were currently waiting outside for more than 15 minutes for the person holding the hostel key. So you can guess how agitated some of these girls were.

Suddenly, a soldier approached from the general camp area with one fair girl who was wearing that Red Cross singlet(I honestly don’t know what it’s called) The soldier comes and stands by us and the convo starts;

Soldier: My people good evening o…

Girls: Good evening sah…

Soldier: Eh hen.. let me take your time small. This my sister has said that her cap is missing from the hostel. So in case anybody here picked it abeg return it to her o.

The girls begin to look around at each other while some murmur. Out of nowhere one girls voice becomes louder;

Girl: That girl( referring to red cross girl) is very stupid.

The while place becomes silent.

Soldier: who said that?!?

Nobody answers.

Soldier: I said who said that?!? Come out before I punish all of you?!?

Girl steps out.

Mind you, all this while Red Cross girl was beside the SOldier with her hands crossed looking at all of us like we were Alibaba and the forty thieves.

Soldier: So because I decided to come and plead with you to return this girls cap, you think you can insult me?!? Don’t worry, I’ll make sure I wake all of you by 2am for punishment.

He walks off angrily.

Hostel head opens door as people troop in and begin to murmur and shout.

“Who does she think she is?!?!”

“Me I will not serve punishment because of stupid cap?!?”

“God punish you!?!? (Referring to Red Cross girl who had also entered hostel)

 

Ama break this story into two so watch out for part 2 when the action goes down.

Also read: Buhari to youths: Make Nigeria great again

Relocate School Of Deaf And Dumb- Ebonyi State Coordinator Pleads

The Ebonyi State Charter Of The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has urged the state government to immediately relocate the School for the Deaf and Dumb, situated inside the permanent orientation camp to somewhere else.

Mrs Regina Ilueben, the State Coordinator, made the call on Monday at the closing ceremony of the orientation for 2016 Batch ‘B’ Stream II Corpers deployed to Ebonyi.

According to her, it is one of the challenges militating against the smooth procession of orientation activities in the camp.
“We are imploring the state government to immediately relocate the school because the students engage in activities not required of them.
“They turn their environment into a small market and being deaf and dump, communication is always difficult, making them feel oppressed or maligned most times.”

The coordinator also noted that posting of corps members to Ishielu Local Government Area would soon commence.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that posting of corps members to Ishielu was suspended when the area witnessed a fratricidal war between 2008 and 2011.

“The NYSC national directorate is aware of this development and we will commence posting of corps members to the area immediately the state government directs us to do so.

“Posting of corps members is done in line with the NYSC management’s posting policy which covers four major areas of education, health, agriculture and rural infrastructure,” she said.

She also urged all stakeholders and corps employers, especially federal ministries, departments and agencies in Ebonyi not to reject corps members posted to their institutions.
“They should religiously adhere to the directive of the Federal Government circular with Ref. No: SGF 15/T/745 of October 2016, which stipulates that corps members posted to Federal Government establishments should not be rejected,” she said.
Gov. David Umahi commended the state coordinator, camp officials and all corps members for the success of the three-week Orientation Course.
Represented by Mr Charles Akpuenika, the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Umahi cautioned the corps members against unnecessary and unauthorised journeys, which had in the past resulted in unpleasant consequences.
“Your lives are very precious to government and your families considering the huge capital outlay invested in you since your childhood.
“I direct all state ministries, departments and agencies to accept the services of corps members posted to them and stop rejecting their services on flimsy excuses,” he said.

Hoodlums Attack Corps Members

Unknown hoodlums have attacked NYSC members deployed to Obubra Local Government Area, Cross River State, injuring one Gbenimachor Chinezendu-Ezinne.

It is gathered that the 2016 Batch B `Stream 1’ corps members were attacked at the early hours of Saturday in their house.

Chinezendu-Ezinne, is currently deployed to serve at the General Hospital in Obubra. She was attacked by the hoodlums in her residence and sustained injury on her right thumb.

Reacting to the attack, the state Coordinator of NYSC, Ambekemo Eniola, told the newsmen that the victim had reported the matter to the NYSC authority.

“We are aware of the matter. The corps member reported to us that she was attacked in her residence in Obubra. We saw the injury on her hand; we thank God that it was not too serious. We have given her a permit to go and visit her parent and get some relief.

“We call on all communities in the state to always stand with the corps members and protect them against any form of attack. I condemn which ever group of persons that carried out this attack on our corps member.

“Cross River is a peaceful state; we have enjoyed a warm relationship with residents of the state and government over the years. I wonder why some people will go headlong to attack a corps member that came from a far distance to render service to the people,’’ she said.

She advised corps members serving in the state to be cautious and vigilant and to report all suspicious movements around them to the police or any security agencies closer to them.

DG Pleads With Corpers sent To The North Not To Redeploy.

Yesterday, The Director General, National Youth Service Corps, (N Y S C) Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazure implored Corps members in the North, to stop seeking for relocation adding that the north is now safe and no longer volatile.

According to him, more than 50 per cent of Corps members sent to the north usually seek relocation to other parts of the country because of fear of insecurity.

He said that the recent development was not encouraging the unity in diversity of the country for which the scheme is supposed to address.

Addressing the 2016 Batch B Stream 2 Corps members at the Niger state Permanent Orientation camp in Paiko, Paikoro local government of Niger state, Kazure urged the Corps members to keep an open mind and give the north a chance.

He was represented by the Director of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Mrs. Christy Ifeyinwa Uba said, “do not dwell on the negative things you have heard about the north, do not seek relocation.

“I want to assure you that the people of the north are peaceful and friendly. Keep an open mind and give it a chance and a trial. Your posting is not by mistake, stay here and make some impact on the people of the state’, she advised.

The DG thereby encouraged the Corps members to meet their state and local government coordinators in the event of any problems or challenges, while urging them not to take to the social media to address the issues.

“Lay your complaints to your state coordinator or local government coordinator; do not go to the social media to express yourself negatively. NYSC is a family and corps members are family members, we should be able to address our problems in house.”

In her address, the Niger state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs. Theresa Ibukun Arokoyo, said that efforts have been made to draw the attention of the state government to the need to actualize the speedy construction of the permanent orientation camp adding that they always face challenges of the security of their facilities after every orientation exercise.

She stressed the need for secure and structurally adequate facilities, highlighting that a positive action towards the realization of a befitting orientation camp will be appreciated.

DG Debunks Scraping Scheme Rumors

Brigadier General, Zuleman Kazaure, the Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), reacted on Monday to speculation that there was a plan to scrap the scheme.

He said that the rumor wasn’t true, adding that NYSC would continue to contribute to national deceopment.

Kazaure, was represented by the Director of Mobilisation, Chief Frank Ekpunobi, stated this at Issele-Uku, Delta, during a visit to the camp.

The DG further described the speculation as a result of “poverty of information.’’

He said that the NYSC period in the life of an individual was a period of stop gap and period to differentiate between fantasy and reality.

Kazaure recalled that the scheme was created after the three years of the civil war with the sole aim of national integration.

He added that since then, NYSC had performed wonderfully well in the area of education, healthcare delivery and increased literacy.

Kazaure pointed out that there was no where in Nigeria that people do not find corps members rendering services to their fatherland.

The NYSC DG, however, advised the corps members to stay in their places of primary assignment, avoid unnecessary traveling and work hard to bag awards.

Earlier, the Delta Coordinator, Mr Benjamin Omotade, said that camping activities commenced on a promising note.

Omotade said that different agencies have cordial relationship with the camp officials and that staff of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) were on ground to render qualitative healthcare services to the corps members.

Four Months After, Corps Member Still Not Found.

♦For over four months after he was declared missing, the whereabouts of Shorunke Lukmon, a corps member serving in Zamfara State is still unknown, PREMIUM TIMES report.

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Education at the University of Ilorin and was declared missing in September 2016 after he left his home in Abeokuta to board a night bus to Zamfara for the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC Batch B Passing Out Parade held on October 6 2016.

In December 2016, relatives of the Lukmon had lamented the attitude of the NYSC authorities towards their plight, saying that the government had failed them.

In separate interviews with PREMIUM TIMES, the relatives had called on Nigerians to plead with the authorities to intensify efforts to locate the missing corps member.

PREMIUM TIMES finding, however, indicate authorities may not be conducting any thorough investigation to find Mr. Lukmon.

Earlier in December, when PREMIUM TIMES contacted the NYSC legal adviser, Tijani Ibrahim, he said the case had been referred to both the Oyo and Zamfara states NYSC co-ordinators, as well as the Oyo State Police Command.

But when contacted, the Oyo State Police Public Relations officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the force was not briefed about any such case by the NYSC.

“I am not aware of that (Mr. Sorunke’s case),” he told PREMIUM TIMES. When our correspondent tried to probe further, he did not respond to calls and text messages sent to his phone.

Similarly in December, the NYSC Public relations officer in Oyo, Simeon Bankole, had told PREMIUM TIMES that the Oyo State NYSC had not been officially briefed by the NYSC authorities.

He disclosed that he only heard about the case when two relatives of Mr. Shorunke cried to the NYSC secretariat around October 2016. He suggested that since Mr. Shorunke served in Zamfara, the Oyo NYSC would need to be briefed before it could act on the case.

In the third week of January, when PREMIUM TIMES confronted Mr. Ibrahim with details of its findings, he attributed the delay in handling of the issue to the change in the NYSC leadership of the two states.

“The state co-ordinators in Zamfara and Oyo states have been changed,” he said.

He promised to get back to our correspondent on the case but he never did. Calls and messages sent to his phones were not replied, either.

It is unclear whether NYSC indeed filed a report to the two states as, despite the leadership changes, the states could still have worked on the case if a report was filed.

Efforts to speak with Bose Aderibigbe, the national spokesperson of the NYSC, proved abortive. She did not pick calls or respond to text messages sent to her number. The NYSC authorities in Zamfara, too, could not be reached.

When contacted on Monday, the Oyo state NYSC Public relations officer, Mr. Bankole said there was no update on the case as the Oyo NYSC had still not been briefed on the case.

Again, efforts by PREMIUM TIMES to reach the Oyo Police spokesman, Mr. Ajisebutu, on Thursday proved abortive. He did not pick his calls or respond to text messages.

In his reaction, Abubakar Abdul-karim, a friend and colleague who served with Mr. Shorunke said “Lukmon is a young, committed, promising and aspiring youth who gave his best in the service of his fatherland. He was declared missing since Wednesday 21st September 2016 and till we speak he has not been found or heard from.”

In a chat with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Abdul-karim accused the NYSC of doing nothing about the case.

“Even after filling an official report to the police and the NYSC management, they have done little or nothing to bring back this young lad home. The most annoying and discouraging part is the refusal of the NYSC management to issue a statement to this regard to either affirm or deny his disappearance,” he said.

“The government has failed this young promising man. As a friend, I see this country as not worth fighting or dying for. The government through the relevant agencies (police, state security service, and National Youth Service Corp) should help bring Sorunke Lukmon Olayiwola back home.”

“Let security agencies be more proactive with security report, regardless of who is involved. They should not act based on how influential the victim is. Every human life is sacred and should be treated as such. All animals are equal, the notion that some are more equal than others should be jettisoned.”

Also see: Corps Members Advised to Avoid Unnecessary Travels